The DTM season is drawing to a close with the
pinnacle or grand finale at the Hockenheim track, this weekend. This season’s
finale is special with the clash between DTM and Super GT cars. It’ll be a
spectacle for the fans indeed!
Heading into the finale, the drivers’ and
manufacturers’ titles have already gone to Rene Rast and Audi. The teams title
is still up for grabs, but that’ll take a back seat with the big guns from
Super GT added to the fold. As we have covered previously, the three big Super
GT squads Nissan, Lexus and Honda are partaking in this clash of the titans,
against DTM Powerhouses Audi, BMW and Aston Martin. One of the major drivers
featured is none other than former F1 and current Super GT driver Jenson
Button. Button, who’s the reigning champion, is driving his trusty Honda NSX GT
during the exhibition race. The finale weekend is attended by some of the
well-known motorsport figureheads such as former F1 driver Emerson Fittipaldi, former
F1 champion Nico Rosberg, two-time WRC champion Walter Röhrl and ’85 World
Sportcar/’90 DTM champion Hans-Joachim Stuck.
Button partners his Honda factory team mate Naoki
Yamamoto, while Nissan’s got the pairing of Ronnie Quintarelli and Tsugio
Matsuda. For Lexus, the driver duo is Nick Cassidy and Ryō Hirakawa. Nissan and
Lexus are represented by two drivers, one per race, while Honda is represented
by just one driver.
All out battle for DTM Team title
Recent victories for Rast and Jamie Green
have pushed Audi Sport Team Rosberg (394 points) narrowly ahead of Audi Sport
Team Abt Sportsline (362pts) pairing of Nico Müller and Robin Frijns. After a
season-long battle between the two squads, the pair are separated by a mere 32
points, with 86 points remaining on the table to be scored in the final two
After the grand
finale at Hockenheim, the DTM will cross over to Japan’s Fuji Speedway in
November for a ‘Dream Race’ showdown with Super GT drivers at their home turf,
Reigning Champion Marc Marquez completed a perfect home weekend with a faultless 23-lap race. This story never gets old in the Marquez era: he dominates MotoGP. The top three on the Aragon GP podium were Marquez, Andrea Dovizioso and Jack Milller.
With a perfect start, Marquez shot forward
and opened an advantage of half a second after just a few corners, growing to a
full second by the end of the first lap. Lapping on average half a second
faster than the riders behind him for most of the race saw Marquez quickly
build an insurmountable lead, 5.5 seconds clear by mid-race distance.
Yamaha factory rider Maverick Viñales managed
to gain a few tenths during the middle of the race, but Marquez quickly
responded to stabilize the gap. Ultimately unchallenged, Marquez took his 78th
career victory from 200 Grand Prix starts by 4.8 seconds.
With the win, Marquez is now a clear leader
in the standings with 300 points; that’s 98-points in front of Dovizioso.
The weekend’s results leave Honda 65 points clear of second placed Ducati in the Manufacturers rankings and as a result of Marquez’s victory, the Repsol Honda Team move to within 24 points of the Ducati Team in the Teams rankings.
Both riders and team now begin their preparations for the Thai GP on 6 October. The Buriram race marks the start of the most intense part of the MotoGP season with four races in fives weeks and presents Marquez with his first chance to take the 2019 MotoGP title.
It’s the first win of the seaosn for four-time F1 Champion and Ferrari’s Sebastien Vettel who topped his team mate Charles LeClerc at the 61-lap Marina Bay Street Circuit, on Sunday. The conditions proved that the mean streets in downtown Singapore were well suited for the Ferraris. It was Ferrari’s 84th 1-2 finish in F1. The Red Bull of Max Verstappen came in in third to demote the Mercedes cars to fourth and fifth, where Lewis Hamilton finished ahead of his team mate.
At race start, LeClerc led Hamilton and
Vettel under the night lights of the magnificent Marina Bay street circuit.
Vettel pushed to try to get past Hamilton on the opening lap, but didn’t succeed.
After the race leaders and the rest of the field settled, the lead Ferrari maintained the lead. In the first stop, Ferrari called Vettel in for a stop first as he was pursued by a hot Verstappen, who ran fourth at the time, Ferraris were on a one-stopper. LeClerc pitted on lap 20, a lap later than his team mate. He retook the track in second behind Vettel.
The other contenders took their pitstop
strategies in stride. It was until lap 35 that there’s some drama on track with the
safety car called out when George Russell and Romain Grosjean collided. By
then, Vettel led the race quite comfortably, almost 5 seconds ahead of LeClerc.
The usual suspects were all there, it was Vettel, LeClerc, Verstappen, Hamilton
and Valtteri Bottas.
After the middle part of the race, there were two more safety car periods. The final safety car period basically sealed the deal for the Ferraris as they were able to maintain the one-two and reduce tyre wear until the chequered flag. The order would finish in such: Vettel from LeClerc, Verstappen, Hamilton and Bottas.
Behind Bottas came the second Red Bull of Alexander
Albon who led home McLaren’s Lando
Norris, Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly, Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg and Alfa Romeo’s Antonio
So it would be Vettel’s day as he got to the top step of the podium after an absence of over a year, dating back to Belgium 2018. It was his fifth win in Singapore, which is a record for any driver at the Marina Bay track. His 14th win with Ferrari also puts him third in the list of all-time Ferrari winners between Michael Schumacher on 72 and Niki Lauda on 15. It was his 53rd career win and Ferrari’s 238th.
A jubilant Vettel remarked, “It was about time!
I never stopped believing in myself and today, with the great help of the team
here and in Maranello, we got the result we should always be aiming for. I was
playing a waiting game until I got the call on the radio to pit for new tyres.
I had not expected to stay out so long but the decision was key, because I was
able to rejoin with a clear track ahead of me and I could run at my own pace
making up ground on all the others, to the extent that I was in the lead by
almost five seconds at the time the Safety Car came out. From then on, the race
was continually interrupted, with a further two restarts, but I still managed
to maintain concentration and avoid making any mistakes.”
The next round, the 16th of the season, is
next weekend in Russia, at the Sochi Autodrom.
The Super GT Powerhouses, Japanese Super Touring Cars series, is set to make a historic appearance in a special clash with DTM forerunners. The Nissan, Honda and Lexus of the Super GT series will go up against the best the DTM has to offer, the Aston Martin, Audi and BMW. As a main highlight former F1 driver Jenson Button will make his DTM debut at the season finale in Hockenheim, set for 4 – 6 October.
This event marks the first, much-anticipated summit clash between the world’s two biggest GT and Touring Car championships. The aim is to pit Asia’s hugely popular Super GT series versus DTM manufacturers in a historic, unifying event.
No fewer than five Super GT drivers are set to contest the Hockenheim race weekend. Button will drive his Honda NSX-GT at Hockenheim. The Brit joined the Super GT in 2018 with team Kunimitsu and won the title on his first year, alongside teammate Naoki Yamamoto. Super GT rivals Nissan and Lexus will field a couple of drivers each. Nissan has Ronnie Quintarelli, the series’ most successful champion with four drivers’ titles and Tsugio Matsuda, a two-time champion. The Lexis camp will be represented by Nick Cassidy and Ryō Hirakawa; the 2017 champions.
As an added bonus, there’s free entry for ticket holders to see exotic Japanese car culture in collaboration with Reisbrennen, a major international meeting for Japanese car owners, tuners and race fans. Over 2,000 members of the ‘Reisbrennen’ community have already confirmed their attendance at Hockenheim, where they will gain free admission to the north grandstand B to watch the race. In addition, there’s a Japanese village, food stalls and car components exhibition from the Land of the Rising Sun.
After the DTM Hockenheim finale, the scene will shift to Japan’s Fuji Speedway for the inaugural ‘Super GT x DTM Dream Race’, from 23 – 24 November.
Reigning Champion Marc Marquez took a convincing win at the
San Marino Grand Prix from Fabio Quartararo and Maverick Vinales. Prior to the
race, both Repsol Hondas of Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo topped the final practice
The defending champion had a less-than-superb start to slot
in third behind Quartararo and Vinales. Vinales lost the lead to fellow Yamaha
rider on the opening lap. It didn’t take long for him to squeeze past Vinales on
lap 4 to go after the Satellite Yamaha rider next.
Quartararo led for a time until Marquez cut his lead down
lap after lap. Vinales hung tight in
third, being pursued by team mate Valentino Rossi.
In the closing laps, Vinales had closed up to less than a
second to the lead riders. With the two leading men occupied with their own
battle, the number-12 rider was riding on the limit. He came under 0.8s behind
Quartararo but wasn’t able to put in a move.
The start of the last lap saw Marquez’s machine roar past
Quartararo heading into Turn 1, the pair briefly sparring before Marquez made
the move stick later in the lap. He topped Quartararo with a gap of 0.903s, Viñales
took the chequered flag in third place, 1.636s from the front.
Marquez returned to the top step of the podium after
back-to-back second place finishes. The win moves him 93 points clear of title Ducati
rival Andrea Dovizioso, who finished sixth. There are six races to go. With the
win, Marquez became the fourth most
successful rider in Grand Prix history.
Fourth was Rossi who struggled through the race. The Doctor moved up a spot on lap 6 and came up fifth a lap later when he overtook Pol Espargaro. It took a while before he was able to earn fourth place. He held Franco Morbidelli at bay in the closting stages and took fourth at the line.
Behind Morbidelli was Dovizioso, the championship runner-up.
Seveth through tenth finishers were P.Espargaro, Joan Mir, Jack Miller and
Ducati factory rider Danilo Petrucci.
The MotoGP teams and riders move to Spain for the Aragón Grand Prix, scheduled to take place next weekend at the MotorLand Aragón circuit.
On its debut
season in the Formula E Championship, Mercedes-Benz presented their new
challenger, the EQ Silver Arrow 01. The Mercedes Formula E Team will send out
two EQ race cars to the 2019/20 season’s first race in November in Saudi Arabia.
Piloting the EQ race cars are former F1 driver Stoffel Vandoorne and current Formula 2 championship leader Nyck de Vries. Vandoorne is about to embark on his second season in the electric racing series. At the same time, he can look back on experience gained in 41 Formula 1 races. “I’ve already gained experience of the series racing for HWA last year. I am very pleased to have now become an official member of the Mercedes family. The arrival of Mercedes on the scene is a great opportunity for all of us. The car looks fantastic. The potential is huge, and I simply can’t wait to get started.”
De Vries is about to commence his debut season in Formula E. With four races still remaining in the 2019 F2 championship, he currently leads the drivers’ standings. The final round is scheduled to take place as part of the support program to the F1 season finale in Abu Dhabi one week after de Vries’ Formula E debut.
The Mercedes EQ race car has the electric powertrain, designed and developed by Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains (HPP). The EQ race car, in Generation two guise, has a unique design which differ compared to the other Formula E teams. The teams in the series develop their own components (inverter, motor, transmission, parts of the rear axle and the software for energy management) as part of the cars’ package.
With its entry into Formula E, Mercedes has become the world’s only automotive manufacturer to compete in both Formula 1 and Formula E. This strategy enables Mercedes to transfer the lessons learnt in both championships from the racetrack to the road. The two platforms together constitute an important technology driver for the entire Mercedes family and will help to shape the future of the automobile.
It was only a week agp that Ferrari’s rookie Charles LeClerc took his maiden win at the Spa-Francorchamps. Before he even got soaked into it, the Italian Grand Prix at Monza which happened to be Ferrari’s home race saw the Ferrari Rook take his second win, again beating the two Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas. Although a little late in the season, LeClerc is proving he is the main staple of the team instead of 4-time F1 Champion Sebastien Vettel. Speaking of Vettel, he skidded in the early part of the race and had to battle his way back to end up 13th. LeClerc’s win means Ferrari has 237 wins in F1 and their 9th at Monza.
The race start had LeClerc in front of the two Mercedes,
while Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg beat out Vettel for fourth position. Vettel
would snatch fourth back in an instant.
Lap 6, Vettel was too eager to get close to the
second Mercedes and collided with Lance Stroll’s car at the Ascari. He reoovered
but was way back in 19t , after a stop to change the front wing and
having to serve a 10-second stop and go.
Up front, the Mercedes didn’t give much room to
Leclerc as they gave chase. The Rook however managed to maintain a small lead
over Hamilton, up to the point when the Mercedes was due for a stop on lap 19. Ferrari decided the pit the
race leader the lap after. It was then an interesting battle between Hamilton
and LeClerc happened at the Roggia turn. The Ferrari’s tyres weren’t up to
temperature yet. But, the rookie wouldn’t give in even with Mercedes cars
chasing him to the brink. LeClerc was able to hold them off. Ferrari attributed this to the new Power unit,
the speed of the car, the specially-tuned aerodynamics and the amazing drive of
LeClerc. The LeClerc-Mercedes pursuit went on for 33 laps.
In the final stages, LeClerc held his own as
the Mercedes settled into their respective positions. The Ferrari finished just
850 thousandths of a second ahead of Bottas’ Mercedes. Hamilton was third, while
the two Renaults of Daniel RIcciardo and Hulkenberg were fourth and fifth.
Alexander Albon took sixth for Red Bull with Sergio Perez and Max Verstappen in
seventh and eighth. Final points went to Alfa Romeo’s Antonio
Giovinazzi and McLaren’s Lando Norris.
The Formula 1 World Championship resumes in a
fortnight’s time in Singapore.
LeClerc commened, “It felt ten times stronger than anything I have ever experienced in my whole career. It was very special. The first stint was quite controlled, but the second stint was a bit less strong on my side, because I had to focus on the car behind me a lot as the gap was closing. It was very difficult and I had a lot of pressure on me.”
With the new Formula E season just around the corner, the Audi Formula E squad showcased the new e-tron FE06 race car ahead of its official debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
What’s new with the Audi e-tron FE06
The Audi e-tron FE06 is packed with plenty of visible carbon fiber and a bright orange livery. Appearing more aggressive than the previous Audi Formula E challengers, the new e-tron is expected to challenge for the title outright in the new season.
The 2019/20 season is set to kick off at the Ad Diriyah (Saudi Arabia) on 22 – 23 November. Orange is the new color for the e-tron FE06; the orange hue takes cues from the road-going color of the road-going Audi e-tron.
The Audi Formula E continues to rely on its long-standing partners: Besides technology partner Schaeffler, who together with Audi is responsible for the development of the powertrain, HYLA, ITK Engineering, the LGT Group, KUKA, MASCOT, Riello UPS and Würth Elektronik also remain on board. Sonax joins in this season as a partner. The brand known for its car care products has been closely linked to motorsport for decades.
Last season, the drivers Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi achieved the runner-up position for Audi in the hard-fought team’s championship. Abt and di Grassi will again assume their roles as pilots in the new season.
The schedule before the first race is tight: Following the intensive private testing phase in Germany and Europe and the preparation of the two race cars during the next few weeks, the team will travel to Valencia in the middle of October for the official Formula E pre-season test, where all of the teams and drivers will meet for three days.
A year earlier, you’ve probably never heard
of Charles LeClerc. Even Ferrari’s massive media hype will not deter F1 fans
from 4-time Champion Sebastien Vettel.
Last Sunday at the spectacular Spa-Francorchamps Circuit, fans finally got to know the rookie LeClerc as he scored his first ever win. The kid from Monaco managed the 44 lap race to perfection; he’s also the first from Monaco to take an F1 win. The two Mercedes were right there as well with Lewis Hamilton second and Valtteri Bottas third. LeClerc’s illustrious team mate Vettel was fourth to complete an all Ferrari and Mercedes white wash. LeClerc becomes only the third winner this season, after Hamilton and Max Verstappen.
The race was LeClerc’s all the way. He got away well from pole to keep the lead.
Behind him, Vettel was overtaken at the first corner by Hamilton but retook the
place getting by again at the end of the Kemmel straight.
After a restart, LeClerc managed to pull away from the group, running at a consistent pace. He would soon relinquish the lead for a bit when he had to pit for new shods. Vettel took the lead but had to give the lead back to his team mate on lap 27.
At the halfway
mark, Vettel and Hamilton got into a scrap for few laps. Once he had lost the
place, the team changed his strategy, bringing him in for another set of soft
tyres to run for the final ten laps of the race. Vettel would drop another position
to Bottas in the process.
LeClerc had no
issues in the front, though the Mercedes cars tried to inch closer. He also hit
the fastest lap of the race for an extra point.
In the final
stage, there was a nail biting moment, as LeClerc fought off a hard-charging
Hamilton, who never got quite close enough to use the DRS. But, that was it…Hamilton
couldn’t do it and it was LeClerc’s win, less than a second ahead of the
their 236th win, while LeClerc becamethe youngest driver to take pole and the
win at Spa-Francorchamps. He is also the youngest ever driver to win a Grand
Prix at the wheel of a Ferrari.
The series is back on track right from next week in Monza
for the Italian Grand Prix.
LeClerc commented in post-race, “It is difficult to enjoy a first victory on a
weekend like this. The race itself was good and nothing would have been
possible without the amazing car the team gave me. We made good improvements in
terms of race pace and tyre management this weekend. The last few laps weren’t
easy. I saw Lewis coming closer and closer in the mirror, so I put my head down
and tried to focus on the work I had to do in the car. At the end, I managed to
cross the line in first place!”
Porsche has presented its Formula E challenger, the 99X, as it embarks on its first Formula E season in 2019/2020. The Porsche 99X was presented live in a video game, entitled Formula E Unlocked. TAG Heuer is the title sponsors for the Porsche Formula E Team.
Porsche 99X in the flesh
In terms of the design, the traditional Porsche motorsport colors were chosen for the Formula E racing car. From a bird’s-eye perspective, the Porsche emblem is clearly visible around the Halo system. As usual, the naming format is three digits which represent Porsche racing cars and two-door sports cars. The highest number, nine, was used twice, to re-emphasize the importance of the Formula E project for Porsche, while the X stands for the forward-looking approach and prototype racing. The Porsche 99X Electric also serves as a development platform for future fully electric production models.
Conforming to Formula E regulations, the Porsche 99X powertrain comprises the hybrid technology. The 800-volt technology used in Formula E is also used in the series production of the fully electric Porsche sports car, the Taycan. In addition, energy management and efficiency are the keys to success in both Formula E and series production.
coming weeks, Porsche will focus on the performance of the 99X Electric. Thereafter,
the Porsche Formula E team will make its first official appearance in
mid-October at the Formula E test at Valencia (Spain).
The two 99X will piloted by Neel Jani and André Lotterer. The 2019/20 season starts in November.
The Porsche Formula E squad has as many as 12 partners, including ANSYS, Vodafone, ExxonMobil, Metzingen, Hugo Boss, Lighting manufacturer TRILUX, C. & A. Veltins brewery, Puma, Michelin, Tool supplier Hazet, Red Bull and Stilo Helmet.
Porsche in Formula E
Although debuting in Formula E, Porsche as a motorsport squad have been involved in single-seater racing for more than 30 years. Entering Formula E and the accompanying restructuring of the motorsport involvement can be derived from the 2025 Porsche strategy. In addition to traditional GT road-going sports cars, fully electric sports cars are also firmly anchored in the strategy. Both should be reflected in the Porsche world of motorsport in the future. A large part of the corporation’s ‘Mission E’ is also the presence and success in motorsport with race cars with electric drive.
In terms of hybrid technology and thus e-drive technology, racing and production have been enriching each other at Porsche for around a decade: the first hybrid race car, the 911 GT3 R Hybrid of 2010, went into the development of the 918 Spyder. In part, the 918 was the basis for the 919 Hybrid, which in turn influenced the development of the Porsche Formula E powertrain and the Porsche Taycan.